Mitchell Schwarzer is an architectural historian who writes on the urban and suburban built environment with attention to issues of mobility, perceptual psychology, media, consumerism, and memory.
Mitchell’s books include Home Egonomics: America’s Obsession with Real Estate (Houghton Mifflin, forthcoming), Architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area: History and Guide (William Stout Publishers, 2006), Zoomscape: Architecture in Motion and Media (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004), Architecture + Design: SF (Understanding Business, 1998), and German Architectural Theory and the Search for Modern Identity (Cambridge University Press, 1995). He also edited the “Tectonics Unbound” issue of ANY magazine in 1996.
His writings have appeared in numerous edited books, including Architourism (2005), Chicago Architecture (2005), Sprawl and Suburbia (2005), Shaping the City (2004), Monument and Memory (2003), Architecture and Film (2000), Autonomy and Ideology (1997), Schopenhauer: Philosophy and the Arts (1996), and Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1994). They have also been published in many magazines and journals, including ArcCA, Arcade, Architecture Boston, Art Bulletin, Art History, Art Journal, Assemblage, California Homes, Design Issues, Dwell, Harvard Design Magazine, Historic Preservation Forum, Log, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Urban Design, Nineteenth Century Contexts, Places, and Thresholds.
Mitchell has lectured widely around the United States as well as in Canada, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, and China. He edited Design Book Review from 1999 to 2001. Prior to coming to CCA, he was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and before studying for his PhD he worked as a planner for San Francisco’s department of city planning.